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Kundër Gjakmarrjes – Campaign 2018/2019

On 10th December 2018, Operazione Colomba, the Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII, launches the “Kundër Gjakmarrjes” campaign to raise awareness of civil society on the eradication of the blood feuds phenomenon. Do you know that social pressure is able to push a whole family, involved in a feud, to take revenge? If relatives, neighbors, classmates, work colleagues, friends tell you that you are not a man, if you do not avenge, it is hard to resist the pressure, for fear of losing respect of the society. Blood feuds entails injuries, murders, self-isolation, it takes lives, school, health and work away from men, women and children. Once started, it triggers cycles of endless violence, destroying the future of many families. And it can strike everyone: you too!

What can you do?

Help us to say Goodbye to blood feuds!
Download and hang this sticker  on your car, on your bike, on your scooter, outside your home or your business, on your school bag or notebook, and share this initiative on your social networks.

With this action, you will help us create a culture of Peace so those involved in a conflict renounce to resort to violence and take revenge. (more…)

Operazione Colomba – monthly report of activities in Albania – October 2018

Present situation

Unfortunately in October some cases of violence led to the wounding and to the death of some people. A former head of a village from Burrel area shot other men after a fight in a bar, killing two municipal workers and a third man in the club. The family of the culprit said they felt great shame for this gesture and moved away from the village where they lived for fear of vendetta.

At the end of the month, in the suburbs of Tirana, a man tried to avenge the murder of his two brothers, which took place in 2014. According to the Police, the offender hit the brother of his brothers’ murderer and is now a fugitive. This act of private justice involved, therefore, an innocent and was carried out, despite the murderer being sentenced to life imprisonment for the double murder of 2014.

This month, a case similar to the latter was recorded, which ended with the arrest of a fugitive. According to sources, in 2014 the fugitive had tried to avenge the death of his brother, killed in 2011 in the mountain area of Dukagjin. (more…)

Operazione Colomba – monthly report of activities in Albania – September 2018

Present situation

September started with tragic news: a 15-year-old boy stabbed and killed a 14-year-old boy, due to a quarrel occurred during a football match. The newspapers reported that the young murderer’s father pushed his son to commit this crime, saying: “If you don’t do it, you’re not a man’s man!”. Furthermore, on 6th September a man has been killed for hakmarrja reasons. In 2012, the victim injured another person, so the murder was committed as a form of retaliation for the damage previously caused. Moreover, the victim had just been repatriated from abroad, where he applied for asylum because he feared vendetta, but his application had been refused. As in April, we issued a statement and sent it to local and international institutions in Albania, with the hope that appropriate measures will be taken in order to ensure the effective protection of those involved in the blood feud phenomenon. Finally, during this month, we recorded several cases of injuries and murders related to property disputes. (more…)